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French connection // Jean-Éric Vergne is the sole French driver to finish in Monaco

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Jean-Éric Vergne is the sole French driver to finish in Monaco
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Of the four French drivers taking part in the Monaco Grand Prix, only Jean-Éric Vergne made it to the chequered flag. The Toro Rosso driver benefitted from a top ten qualifying position which he converted into a points finish - crossing the line at the end of the race in eighth place.

Meanwhile, Romain Grosjean had no less than four crashes throughout the weekend, the latter of which ended his race (and that of Vergne's teammate Daniel Ricciardo). Romain was given a ten place grid penalty for Canada as a result, so things will not get any better at the next event.

Charles Pic didn't make it any further than nine laps into the Grand Prix before he had to pull to a halt. The Caterham car caught fire, forcing Pic to make a hasty exit from the cockpit... and the race.

Finally, Jules Bianchi (not pictured) also had his afternoon cut short, after accident damage as a result of the collision caused by his teammate. Fellow Marussia driver Max Chilton hit Pastor Maldonado, sending the WIlliams into the barriers - which detached from their position and scattered across track. Bianchi bashed into the side of the barriers, which meant a front wing change. He later ended up in the barriers anyway.

Without a French Grand Prix, Monaco could be considered the closest thing to a home race for these four drivers, but only one of them will be walking away satisfied with their weekend's work.